I’ve been in touch with Bill Ayers and Frank Meeink, two Black Lives Matter allies with radically different backgrounds, sporadically over the past five months. During that time, we’ve discussed all sorts of topics, from protests against police brutality to the 2020 election to the history of white supremacy in the United States. Now that Inauguration Day has come and gone, I thought I’d share a few of their takes, influenced by their rich and varied personal histories, on what happens next. First, though, some background on each of the activists:
On Saturday, Aug. 15, far-right and white supremacist militia groups demonstrated in the city of Stone Mountain, Georgia roughly 17 miles from downtown Atlanta. They were met by anti-fascist and far-left counter-protesters, who faced off with the demonstrators throughout the day. At the center of the controversy was Stone Mountain Memorial, which pictures Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee on horseback. At 90 x 190 x 11 feet, the mountainside bas-relief, located in state-owned, privately operated Stone Mountain Park, is the largest Confederate monument in the United States.
Drawing increased scrutiny over the past…
Universities across the country are starting their second semester since the rise of COVID-19. As remote learning continues for the sixth month running, you might wonder how the shift in college culture has affected young people so far.
Back in March, a lot of undergraduate students returned to stable homes and finished their classes online. Others were not as lucky. Schools often tried to accommodate those who had less-than-ideal living situations off campus, but due to budget cuts, remaining on campus was difficult. …
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